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A number of people made their way to Sturgeon Heights Community Centre Tuesday evening to discuss, and learn more about the conceptual development plan for a long-term addiction recovery centre for men in St. James.

Friends of Sturgeon Creek, a group of area residents who are against turning the vacant Vimy Arena into the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre, showed up wearing white and holding signs showing their displeasure for the planned facility.bruce oake meeting 4

They were met by supporters of drug treatment facility, which led to a number of heated conversations.

Friends of Sturgeon Creek recently hired a law firm to look into the City of Winnipeg's sale of the Vimy Arena property to the province -- a move the group says lacked transparency and consultation.

The land for the centre was sold by the City of Winnipeg to the province for a dollar, with the province planning to lease the land for one dollar per year to the Bruce Oake Foundation.

Scott Oake, president of the Bruce Oake Foundation, says in a statement they have always followed due process and will continue to do so. He says today's meeting will allow residents to view initial plans, seek clarity, and share concerns.

Bruce Oake, Scott's son, died of a heroin overdose in 2011.

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